Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
May God be with the pope and the Catholic Church at this time and lead the Catholic Church in the process of choosing his successor.
Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. - Pope Benedict XVI, from his homily at the Inaugural Mass of his pontificate, April 24, 2005
Saturday, February 02, 2013
These words of the Lord by the prophet Malachi (3:1ff) speak of the Lord's sending of His Angel to His Temple. When it was time for Mary's purification, Jesus' parents brought Jesus to the Temple and presented Him there (Luke 2:22-32).
Jesus would be the sacrifice pleasing to the Lord. On this day the Nunc Dimíttis is emphasized, it is found in the Gospel, Antiphon, etc.:
Now Thou dost dismiss Thy Servant, O Lord,
according to Thy word in peace;
because mine eyes have seen Thy salvation,
which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples . . .
Among those receiving the blessed Eucharist these words are a fitting echo for we have seen and received the Lord's salvation. He, born of the Blessed Virgin, purifies us of our sins.